A three-time Player of the Year in college at the University of Connecticut, Stewart is continuing her dominance in the WNBA. She currently leads the league in rebounding at 9.8 per game and is fifth in scoring (18.7).
Storm star Breanna Stewart wants wins to be repetitive. So far her stellar play has only brought repeat individual honors.
Stewart, a 6-foot-4 forward, was announced Thursday as the WNBA’s Rookie of the Month for games played in June. She also received the honor for games played in May.
Selected by Seattle with the No. 1 overall pick in April, Stewart led all rookies in scoring (19.5 points per game) and blocked shots (2.0) in the month of June. She was second in assists (3.6) and among all WNBA players, led in rebounding (9.5).
“Am I surprised that she’s having so much success? No, but a little,” New York coach Bill Laimbeer said of Stewart on Wednesday. “Rebounding is what surprises me in this league. For her, (she’s a) solid rebounder.”
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The Storm, however, was 4-7 in June. The record did include the team’s first back-to-back wins of the season, home games against Connecticut and Atlanta.
Stewart scored a career-best 38 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field against the Dream. She also had six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the 84-81 win.
“She’s finding her way of flourishing in our league and that’s through her versatility,” Storm coach Jenny Boucek said. “That’s also a credit to our team. Our team has been very open-minded in integrating her and giving her and us the freedom and the creativity to move her all over the floor and they just move around her. And so that says a lot about the character in our locker room.”
Seattle (6-12) is currently on a three-game losing streak. It plays at San Antonio (5-13) on Friday.
The Storm lost, 78-74, at New York on Wednesday. Stewart had a team-high 24 points.
“We had an actual rough (game) last night,” Stewart told reporters afterward. “We definitely fought (Wednesday) and showed we’re a gritty team and we’re not going to give up.”
Seattle returns to KeyArena for a four-game homestand beginning Sunday against Indiana. On July 15, the Storm will retire the No. 15 jersey of Lauren Jackson, a three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player.